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hold off

1. To prevent someone or something from advancing or approaching; to keep someone or something at bay. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "off." We can't hold off the police for much longer—they're going to find us!
2. To wait to take action. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "off." I know you want to start on that project, but hold off until I get these questions answered by the boss.
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hold someone or something off

 
1. and keep someone or something off Lit. to do something physical to keep someone or something away; to stave someone or something off. Tom was trying to rob us, but we managed to hold him off. We held off the attackers. I couldn't keep off the reporters any longer.
2. Fig. to make someone or something wait. I know a lot of people are waiting to see me. Hold them off for a while longer. See what you can do to hold off the reporters.
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hold off (on someone or something)

to delay doing something concerning someone or something. Please hold off on Tom until we interview the other candidates. I will hold off on this job for a while.
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hold off

1. Keep at a distance, resist, delay, as in This payment should hold off the creditors. [Early 1400]
2. Stop or delay from action, as in Let's hold off until we know more. [c. 1600]
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hold off

v.
1. To keep someone or something at a distance; resist someone or something: The firm's attorney held the creditors off. We held off the reporters as long as we could.
2. To stop or delay doing something: Let's hold off until we have more data. I held off buying a house until I had a down payment.
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The diagram shows that Wil LB must come down with the crossing TE after holding off #1.
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Russell Best of New Marske won the under-17s race holding off the challenge of Junior Great North Run fifth placer, Dan Schofield of Scarborough.
Ryan Sullivan was a superb winner of the first race for Peterborough, holding off the determined challenge of track record holder Mikal Karlsson, while Shane Parker was put under severe pressure from excolleague David Howe.
The Sudanese-born athlete cruised home in 48.37sec, holding off 800m international runner Sam Ellis from Barnsley in the finishing straight.
Moving on to the individuals award, the top batsman was Alastair Collyer, of Sevenoaks HiFi, who scored 245 runs at an average of 35, with a high score of 59, holding off the challenge of multi-time winner Andy Ford (L&G) 212 runs, 30.29 ave, 46 highest, Simon Riddick (Amersham) 226 runs, 25.11 ave, 59 not out highest and Derek Evans (Chartered Trust) 251 runs, 25.10 ave, 68 highest.
NAMBISCO, whose career looked over just two months ago, landed his second Category One title of the year when holding off Mcgahon Toots to land the pounds 8,000 final of the Betfred Eclipse over 500m at Nottingham, writes Jonathan Kay.
But Lahudood ran her heart out there, holding off a late charge by Honey Ryder to secure honours in a division that could find no consistent leader during the year.
REV COUNTER (6-1) credited Chris Allsopp with the biggest win of his training career when gamely holding off heavily-backed favourite Two Nicks (5-4) in the pounds 8,000 final of the Betfred Eclipse over 500m at Nottingham on Monday.
Vieris Surprise was never really threatened again, although Westmead Aoifa did flatter before swinging very wide off the final turn, ultimately just holding off a strong-finishing Spiridon by half a length for the second qualifying position.
Schumacher won the race from the front row for the fourth time in five seasons, but would have had little chance of holding off the charge of the champion, who started fifth on the grid, anywhere other than the narrow San Marino circuit.